Face Covering Policy

All personnel entering the cemetery will be required to provide proof of having face coverings in their possession during entry screening. Personnel not able to provide proof of having face coverings or masks in their possession will not be allowed to enter the cemetery. Visitors will wear their face coverings at all times while in the cemetery.

 
Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020
Website Maintenance

Several services across the ANC website and ANC Explorer are currently unable to send emails. This includes the Initiate Ceremony Request, Lost and Found, and Feedback Forms. We are working to restore this functionality and appreciate your patience.

 
Published on Monday, August 3, 2020

Attending a Funeral

Family members and guests at full honors funeral of former Secretary of the Army Togo D. West, Jr. in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is the most hallowed burial ground of our nation's fallen. A fully operational national cemetery since May 1864, Arlington conducts between 27 and 30 funeral services each weekday and between six and eight services on Saturdays — final farewells to fallen heroes and their family members.

Arlington is one of the few cemeteries that offers graveside burials with military funeral honors with escort. For families, a service at Arlington is the time when the United States military bestows the honors befitting the service and sacrifice of their loved one. We consider it part of our sacred trust to ensure that each funeral is executed with the utmost dignity and respect. 

We suggest wearing attire that is appropriate for the season, but also respects the dignity of the occasion. Proper footwear that allows mobility on hard and soft surfaces is recommended.


Arlington National Cemetery is pleased to announce the renovation completion of the cemetery’s iconic administration building. On Tuesday, July 28th , funeral attendees will continue to arrive and park in the funeral queuing lot but the Primary Next of Kin or Person Designated to Direct Disposition will now proceed to the newly renovated administration building rather than the temporary modular facility we were using during the renovation.

Due to COVID 19 constraints, we are still restricted to allowing no more than two people to enter the Administration building for final funeral coordination. Cemetery representatives will walk out to the funeral queuing lot to guide funeral attendees out to the gravesite as we have continued to do since March.

PLEASE NOTE: Arlington National Cemetery has increased its security posture and is implementing 100% ID checks at all entrances.

Effective immediately, all visitors 16 years of age and older (pedestrians, drivers and passengers) must present a valid photo identification upon entering the cemetery. Visitors include all funeral attendees, tourists and personnel on official business. School group leaders and tour guides must also present the required identification. Original documentation is required. Paper copies or cell phone photos of identification are not accepted. 

  • Visitors 18 years of age and older must present a valid U.S. state or federal government-issued photo identification for entry.  
  • Visitors 16 and 17 years old who do not have a U.S. state or federal government-issued photo identification may present an official school-issued photo identification for entry. 
  • Persons who are not U.S. citizens must present a valid passport or U.S. State Department-issued photo identification for entry. 

We ask for your patience, as this will create longer than usual delays. Cemetery officials are reminding all visitors to add a few extra minutes to their travel times.

Physical security is everyone's responsibility. We ask you to stay especially vigilant and remember to report any suspicious activity to the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Watch Desk: 703-588-2800 or 703-588-2801.